With a new electorate comes a new battlefield. Much of the Kelston electorate lies in West Auckland but it includes a tiny corner of Waterview too. Here’s a snapshot of the new seat.
Nine fresh contenders are jostling for the hot seat of Kelston. It was proposed in the 2013 boundary review and confirmed in April. Its boundaries pull together more than 10 suburbs from four previous electorates.
The increase in population in the Auckland region in the 2013 census meant an extra electorate was required.
The Kelston electorate extends from industrial Rosebank in the north to parts of Titirangi in the south. It stretches as far east as Avondale and Waterview.
Its voters lie in territory currently run by three Labour and one National representatives.
Waterview used to be part of the Mt Albert electorate, a seat that has been held by Labour since 1946. In the 2011 election Labour’s David Shearer easily retained his seat with 18,716 votes, giving him a 10,021 majority. His closest rival was National’s Melissa Lee, with 8695 votes.
Parts of the new electorate (such as the suburb of Kelston) were formerly in the New Lynn electorate. It’s another seat that has been held by Labour since 1963.
Other parts of the new electorate, such as the suburb of Glendene, were part of the Te Atatu electorate. It has been an almost completely safe Labour seat since it was created in 1978.
The Waitakere electorate has been abolished this year and part of it subsumed into Kelston. Waitakere was won by National’s Paula Bennett in 2011 by a tiny margin. The result was too close to call. It was initially thought to be Bennett’s win, then Sepuloni’s by 11 votes, then finally Bennett’s by just 9 votes after all special votes had been counted.
This election Sepuloni is standing in Kelston and Bennett is standing in Upper Harbour.
As at August 17, 43,436 voters were enrolled in Kelston, out of a possible 50,850. The 18-24 age bracket is the largest in Kelston with just under 5000 people enrolled.
Jason Woolston, United Future
Roshni Sami, Internet
Carmel Supuloni, Labour
Paul Sommer, Conservative
Jeff Lye, Legalise Cannabis